Global deaths linked to coronavirus tops 100,000

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Signs urge people to stay home to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in Tokyo, Japan, Source: AP
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Daily US Times: As per the statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins University, global coronavirus deaths tops 100,000.

Italy suffered the most deaths with 18,300, while The United States remains second with 16,686. Only New York state has recorded more than 5,000 deaths. The Spanish death toll also increased to nearly 16,000.

The true global deaths are more likely to be higher because many countries have not included deaths outside of hospitals in their statistics.

It should be noted that some experts say many of those dying with Covid-19 might have died in a short period anyway – because many victims are frail, old and have underlying health conditions.

”We’re seeing some favorable signs”

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci said officials are seeing “some favorable signs” that coronavirus curve may be flattening in the United States.

While talking with CNN, he said “the virus kind of decides whether or not it’s going to be appropriate to open or not,” when asked if he thought if social distancing guidelines should be relaxed by May 1.

He explained: “What we’re seeing right now are some favorable signs as I’ve discussed with you a few times on this show. It’s looking like that in many cases, particularly in New York. We’re starting to see a flattening and a turning around.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci. Source: NBC News

Fauci said he would like to see a “clear indication” that reported cases are going down, before re-opening the country.

“One thing you don’t want to do is you don’t want to get out there prematurely and then wind up — you’re back in the same situation,” he said.

“We’re looking for the kinds of things that would indicate that we can go forward in a gradual way to essentially reopen the country to a more normal way,” the member of the White House’s coronavirus task force said.

More than half of coronavirus patients in Iran have recovered

Iran has claimed that more than half of the coronavirus patients infected with coronavirus in Iran have “recovered”.

Health ministry spokesperson Kianush Jahanpoor said on Iranian state television today: “Fortunately, the recovery process has accelerated and so far 35,465 coronavirus-infected patients, out of the total 68,192 cases registered so far, have recovered.”

Iran recorded 122 more deaths in the past day, making the total number to 4,232. Though, many have severe speculation over Iranian figures.

The spokesman urged the owners and managers of all businesses to fill out a questionnaire from the health ministry to register data on the health of their workers.

Spain reported 604 deaths, lowest since 24 March

Spain is in the third position in the number of coronavirus deaths in the world, behind Italy and the US.

The country has reported another 605 deaths in the past day, bringing the total number to 15,843. But that figure for new deaths is the lowest for 17 days and a further sign that the outbreak is past its peak in Spain.

The country’s state of emergency has been in place since 14 March and the mortality rate peaked in early April.

Spain has recorded 157,022 cases, more than Italy, and yet the daily rate of increase in new infections recorded – 4,576 – is also down to 3%.

That’s the lowest since the outbreak started, the El País newspaper reports. Over 55,000 patients have recovered. A look at the health ministry map shows the spread of infections per 100,000 people in the past two weeks. The Madrid region is the worst affected.

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